Montreal (Canada) – The International Design Alliance (IDA) has decided to extend the deadline for the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the fourth biennial IDA Congress to be held in 2017. Interested parties are required to submit their EOI no later than 15 August 2013.

Comprised of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the International Council of Communication Design (Icograda) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), the IDA is a strategic venture that aims to bring designers and industry together in a themed congress format.

The primary objective for the Congress is to promote the value of design-based collaboration between the IDA disciplines of industrial design, communication design and interior architecture/design, as well as to highlight the benefits of design to governments, INGOs, business and society.

Proposed themes should address cross-disciplinary and discipline-specific content, which will result in an enhanced awareness of the value of design for all.

Full details regarding the bid process and conditions can be found at

For further information regarding the bid process, the IDA or the IDA Congress, and for all submissions, please contact:

Ms. Allison DaCosta
Icsid Project Manager, IDA Congress
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext: 235

About the International Design Alliance (IDA) and its partners

Established in 2003, by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Communication Design (Icograda), the International Design Alliance (IDA) is a strategic venture between the international organisations representing design. The IDA serves as the collective voice for all disciplines, advocating the mutual interest of all design professions. In September 2008, the IDA welcomed the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to the alliance as the third partner.
The IDA Partners have previously held individual biennial congresses and together they organised a ‘Joint Congress’ every six years, including the following locations: 1981 – Helsinki (Finland), 1987 – Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 1993 – Glasgow (Scotland), 1999 – Sydney (Australia), 2005 – Copenhagen (Denmark). In 2011, the ‘IDA Congress’ replaced the individual biennial and joint congresses. The new model was launched in Taipei [Taiwan, (Chinese Taipei)].

The inaugural IDA Congress was held in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) in 2011 and set a new standard for international design collaboration events. In November 2013, Istanbul Technical University will host the event in Istanbul (Turkey). In October 2015, the third IDA Congress will be hosted by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation and the Gwangju Metropolitan City and will take place in Gwangju (South Korea).